The Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standards (EYQS) enables schools and settings to take part in a process of self-evaluation and reflective pracitce.

    The includes tailored support and a thorough audit of provision carried out by trained auditors. Throughout the journey of qualiyty improvement you will be assigned a mentor who will support and guide you through the process.

    The EYQS has three level of awards and evidence based tools to support through self-evaulation. The process takes up to one academic year to complete, depending on the level of award chosen.

    Autumn term (Bronze Award)

    A gateway visit from an advier and self-evaluation using EYFS statutory framework

    Autumn to spring term (Silver Award)

    In addition to the bronze level activity silver includes a focussed visit using the environment rating scales (ECERS)

    Autumn to summer term (Gold Award)

    In addition to bronze and silver activities gold includes a setting led research and development project which 'makes a difference' to outcomes for children.

    The EYQS scheme provides thought provoking challenge, brings fresh perspectives and promotes continuous quality improvement in line with current practice.

    The EYQS has given the staff team confidence in all we do, have ownership of the pre-school and driven us to further success for the future.

    Lynsey Pickles, Owner of Pickles Pre-School

    Join the 2020/21 HfL EYQS scheme starting in September 2020

    Please email to register your interest. Our team of friendly Early Years Advisers will be on hand to assist with questions and how to complete the application process.

    The cost of the Early Years Quality Standards is based on size of the provision, number of children and the level of quality mark the setting chooses to work towards.

    The ECERS report provided a detailed and clear overview of the strengths and areas for development. These were easy to act upon. This external perspective also provided honest feedack (a critical friend). The EYQS identified developments we were unable to see. It was great to talk to an expert and gain support to take the setting forward.

    Hannah Trickett, Headteacher, Maple Cross JMI and Nursery School

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